Dental Crowns, Caps and Fixed Bridges: A Stable Solution That Renews Your Smile
If you have broken, damaged or you lost teeth due to an accident, decay or gum disease, My Smile Care can create a crown or fixed bridge to restore your solid smile and bite. Crowns can restore function to damaged teeth and provide ongoing protection from further damage. A bridge not only fills the gap left by a missing tooth, but it also prevents shifting of remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.
What is a Crown or Cap?
Crowns are basically tooth-shaped caps that restore damaged, decayed or broken teeth, providing protection from further damage. They can also be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth or used to hold a fixed bridge in place. Drs. Dheeraj Pamidimukkala, Shivani Patel and Ron Levenbaum will take impressions of the tooth upon which we’ll be placing the crown, send this information to a dental lab and a lab technician will hand craft your crown. While there are basically three different types of crown, porcelain crowns are extremely popular because of their ability to restore smiles while maintaining a natural look. Once your crown has returned to us from the dental lab, our dentists will place the crown and make sure it fits perfectly. Your smile will once again look and feel whole and healthy.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic parts: the new replacement tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two supporting crowns. The style of bridge our dentists will suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. Drs. Dheeraj, Shivani and Levenbaum will choose a bridge that can look the best and last the longest. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth are not available, a surgically-implanted metal post (known as a dental implant) may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis.
If you would like to learn more about the fixed bridge option for tooth replacement in Westford, Massachusetts, contact us at 978-692-6326 for an appointment. We have helped patients from Acton, Littleton, Chelmsford, Carlisle and surrounding communities find complete smiles and greater self-confidence with crown and bridge.